In preparation for the field trip to listen to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, students in grades 4 through 8 combined music and art one day this week. The theme of the concert is water in its various forms. Most people are not born with the ability to sit and listen to an entire symphony without losing interest. Learning to maintain focus while listening to long musical works can be a challenge but there are techniques that can help. Drawing while listening, watching images that float through one’s mind, listening for different instruments and instrument families, and listening for a story the music tells are some good ones to try.
This week, while listening to music that related to an approaching storm, the storm in its fury, and the subsiding of the storm, students were asked to draw representations of those three stages of a storm. The results were beautiful!